|[December 17, 2012]
A Lost Decade for MNOs in Western Europe Whilst African Operators Expected to see 4.3% CAGR, Says ABI Research
SINGAPORE --(Business Wire)--
Global wireless service revenue is expected to increase at a diminishing
rate from 2012 to 2018. "Despite the negative average revenue per user
(ARPU) compound annual growth rates (CAGR) experienced by all regions
during the period, growth in cellular subscriptions will more than
offset the decline, as the majority of the world population has yet to
own a handset and the rise in non-traditional accesses from M2Ms,
tablets, and other connected devices provides an additional boost,"
according to Ying Kang Tan, research associate at ABI Research (News - Alert).
While global voice revenue continues to fall, data revenue will be on an
upward trajectory. In particular, not surprisingly, mobile Internet will
be a major contributor, with revenue forecast to soar at an impressive
CAGR of 8.2% over the six-year forecast horizon. Notably, global
messaging revenue is expected to remain resilient for at least a few
This general trend, however, will not be shared by all regions. Western
Europe has been and will continue be the worst performer, with mobile
service reenue tumbling since 2008 and predicted to deteriorate through
2018. Meanwhile, just across the Mediterranean Sea, Africa will be the
rising star. With a projected CAGR of 4.3%, its service revenue will
beat the worldwide average by more than two times.
"Operators like Telefonica (News - Alert) and Vodafone Group are in the thick of the
Euroland-instigated recession," remarked Jake Saunders, VP and practice
director, core forecasting. "The real net contributors to their revenue
came from the emerging markets."
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